Wild Rumors & News

  • Wild edges Avalanche with four-goal third period

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For two periods Thursday night, Wild fans back home in the Twin Cities had to be disgusted that they waited five months for their favorite team’s opening-night display. From goalie Devan Dubnyk on out, the Wild looked rotten against the Colorado Avalanche. The team that was so good defensively..." October 09

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    #mnwild have finalized opening night roster. Mike Reilly is sent to AHL, Jordan Schroeder on waivers, and Justin Fontaine placed on IR.

  • NHL acknowledges more players using cocaine

    TSN "The National Hockey League, responding to what it says is a possible increased use of cocaine among its players, has kick-started talks with the NHL Players Association to add the drug and others like it to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors. "The number of..." October 06

  • NHL odds: Blackhawks open season as Stanley Cup favorites

    CBS Sports "The NHL hasn't had a repeat Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back titles in the late 1990s. Even though it's an incredibly difficult trophy to win once, and even harder to win twice, and even though the Chicago Blackhawks have undergone significant roster changes over..." October 05

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Brett Bulmer and Tyson Strachan clear waivers, have been assigned to Iowa by #mnwild

  • Wild claim Chris Porter off waivers from Flyers

    The Score "The Minnesota Wild claimed forward Chris Porter off waivers, the club announced Thursday. The Philadelphia Flyers placed Porter on waivers Wednesday after signing him to a one-year, two-way deal in August." October 01

  • Commissioner: No timetable for NHL expansion

    NHL.com "The NHL continues to explore the possibility of expansion but no firm timetable has been set for the process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the fall Board of Governors meeting. Earlier Tuesday, the Board's executive committee heard presentations from representatives from the Quebec..." September 30

  • Wild's Fontaine expected to miss season opener, injury not related to Clarkson hit

    The Score "Minnesota Wild forward Justin Fontaine will likely miss the start of the season with an injury suffered in Thursday's preseason win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The ailment does not stem from Blue Jackets forward David Clarkson's knee-on-knee hit, Wild head coach Mike Yeo told Michael Russo..." September 29

  • Wild waive Fedotenko, Dalpe, reduce camp roster to 27

    Pro Hockey Talk "It looks like Ruslan Fedotenko‘s attempt to work his way back into the NHL will involve at least one more stint with AHL Iowa. That’s assuming he clears waivers as he was one of the 17 players the Minnesota Wild cut from their training camp roster today, per the team’s website. Fedotenko is a..." September 28

  • Wild’s Fontaine will likely miss opener

    Pro Hockey Talk "Minnesota’s Justin Fontaine probably won’t be available for the start of the season and it has nothing to do with David Clarkson. While Clarkson was booted early from Thursday’s preseason contest for kneeing Fontaine, the Wild forward is dealing with an ailment from a separate hit that occurred..." September 28

  • Kuemper looking forward to hometown start, more playing time with Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "When the Wild’s preseason schedule was announced earlier this year, Darcy Kuemper immediately focused on one date: Sept. 26, when his team would play Edmonton in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. “I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I heard about it,’’ the goaltender said of..." September 26

  • Wild: Mike Yeo disappointed by prospects' play

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Just five days into Wild training camp, time is running out for several key prospects battling for roster spots. Because of an odd, compressed preseason schedule, which features five exhibition games in seven days, the Wild expect to know their opening day roster by next Monday. And yet,..." September 23

  • Vegas odds for every NHL team’s playoff chances

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s often interesting to see how Vegas odds line up to your own expectations when it comes to the NHL (and various other interests, naturally). Brovada shared its odds for every single NHL team making the playoffs in 2015-16, and some of them provide some rather interesting insights. Here..." September 23

  • Wild's Vanek feels he's become more of a playmaker

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Thomas Vanek said he wouldn’t call his first season with the Wild “a horrible year.” “I’m not going to say I was pumped about it, but with what I was dealing with — not being healthy, bouncing around lines, having to be more of a playmaker than I’ve ever been, I still hit 20 goals and 50..." September 22

  • Wild's Parise, Suter ready to turn page on a difficult year

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "In the cruelest of ironies, the two cornerstone pieces and closest of friends that the Wild signed in 2012 each lost his father four months apart last season. It made for a miserable year for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, one that required balancing professionalism during the public eye of a..." September 20

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    #MNWild rookie defenseman Mike Reilly: "As long as I keep playing my game, I'm confident I can do some good things in this league."

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    Chad Graff @ChadGraff

    #MNWild coach Mike Yeo said to expect Ryan Suter to play around 24-26 minutes per game, down from nearly 30 minutes the last three years.

  • Former 50-goal scorer Dany Heatley signs in Germany

    CBS Sports "For a span of about five years, there were few more dangerous scorers in all of the NHL than Dany Heatley. The two-time 50-goal scorer and Canadian Olympian has been in precipitous decline over the last five seasons, though, and now it looks like his NHL career may be done after going unsigned..." September 17

  • Quebec and Las Vegas to officially discuss expansion with NHL’s executive committee

    Puck Drunk Love "NHL expansion is getting a bit more official. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN wrote that while it’s unlikely a decision on expansion will come this month, two prospective NHL expansion locations, Quebec and Las Vegas, will officially present to the league’s board executive committee later this..." September 17

  • Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks opened as early favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup just one week after capturing their third title in six years, and oddsmakers haven't wavered on that. In fact, Bovada slightly increased the Blackhawks' chances to 13/2 odds after initially pegging them at 7/1 in..." September 16

  • NHL players survey: 34 of 35 say they'd accept an openly gay teammate

    USA Today "The NHL never has had an openly gay player, but if a player does come out, he will be accepted, according to results of an anonymous survey conducted by USA TODAY Sports at the NHL/NHL Players' Association Media tour Sept. 8-9, 2015, in Toronto. Thirty-five NHL players were asked whether they..." September 16

  • NHL has instructed teams to play 3-on-3 hockey in preseason even if games aren't tied

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format begins this season and the league wants to make sure teams are ready for the change. In order to make sure teams have a chance to practice the concept in a competitive setting, the NHL has instructed all of their teams to play 3-on-3 hockey at least three times..." September 15

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    NHL will make move to Adidas official tomorrow. Replaces Reebok as sweater supplier.

  • Report: NHL introducing spotters to look for signs of concussion during games

    The Score "The National Hockey League appears to be taking steps toward improving its concussion protocol. The league will reportedly introduce spotters for every game this season, whose role will be to determine visible signs of concussion among players, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA. The spotter..." September 14

  • Bettman: overwhelmingly players do the right thing

    Pro Hockey Talk "This off-season presents a slew of bad headlines for the NHL, something its players and commissioner both notice. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with some of the league’s biggest movers and shakers to find out how they feel about these situations. In the case of the players, stars like Tyler..." September 12

  • Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom caught in tenuous situation

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom said that he didn’t keep an elbow injury, which ultimately required surgery, a secret in order to prevent being bought out of the final year of his contract. Backstrom is preparing for his 10th training camp, spending nearly four hours daily on the ice in..." September 10

  • World Cup of Hockey announces schedule, format

    Sportsnet "The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have announced the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams and more than 150 NHL players, will progress from the preliminary round to the..." September 09

  • NHL players look ahead to World Cup – and, hopefully, future Olympics

    The Globe and Mail "Sidney Crosby is not certain if NHL players will be able to compete in future Olympics, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star would surely like to. The league has yet to decide if it will send players to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, or to Beijing in 2022. Concerns include the vast..." September 09

  • Wild hire ex-Oilers goalie coach Chabot

    Pro Hockey Talk "On Thursday, Minnesota announced the hiring of former NHL goalie and Edmonton goalie coach Frederic Chabot as the club’s new director of goaltender development. Chabot, 47, was fired by the Oilers early last season with the team holding the NHL’s worst save percentage. How much of that was on..." September 03

  • How hockey analytics forecast future success and failure

    TSN "One of the big reasons hockey analytics have really exploded in recent years is their ability to forecast mean reversion well in advance of the rest of the industry. The two most prominent examples of that were the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings and the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. That Kings team..." September 03

  • 2015-16 NHL trade deadline set for February 29

    CBS Sports "Well, mark your calendars, folks. The National Hockey League has set its trade deadline for the 2015-16 hockey season and it falls on a rather odd day according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The last day NHL teams will be able to make trades in the upcoming season is February 29, 2016 at 3 p.m...." September 02

  • Wild's Yeo maintains support for Sydor after arrest

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Even though one of his longtime assistant coaches won’t be on the ice for at least the first part of training camp, Mike Yeo said the Wild coaching staff will be fine dividing Darryl Sydor’s duties for the immediate future. Yeo, at a company retreat at owner Craig Leipold’s Wisconsin summer..." August 29

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

  • Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor enters treatment center

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Three days after being arrested under the suspicion of drunken driving with his 12-year-old son as a passenger, Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor voluntarily entered the NHL/NHL Players’ Association Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program. Sydor flew to Malibu, Calif., on Sunday and admitted..." August 25

  • Sydor released on $12K bail; here are the official charges

    Pro Hockey Talk "The situation is a little clearer for Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor as of Friday evening after he was released on $12K bail. As mentioned in this post, the 43-year-old was arrested on suspected drunk driving and child endangerment charges on Thursday. Sydor reportedly recorded a..." August 22

  • Wild Assistant Coach Arrested on Drunk Driving Charge with 12-Year-Old in SUV

    KSTP.com "Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor was arrested Thursday in Fridley on suspicion of driving drunk with his 12-year-son in the sport utility vehicle, according to Lt. Mike Monsrud of the Fridley Police Department. Sydor, who lives in Woodbury, was stopped at 5:15 p.m. on Minnesota..." August 21

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • New evidence 'crucial' to Boogaard case against NHL, lawyer says

    TSN "A lawyer for the family of deceased NHL player Derek Boogaard is battling to delay a court ruling on dismissing their wrongful-death lawsuit against the NHL until he has a chance to introduce new evidence that he says will further prove that the league is responsible for Boogaard's..." August 19

  • Adidas lands NHL jersey deal

    TSN "The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms. Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season. Adidas takes over from its..." August 17

  • Brett Bulmer re-signed to one-year deal by the Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild re-signed its last remaining restricted free agent Sunday by inking minor-league winger Brett Bulmer to a one-year, two-way contract. Bulmer, a 2010 second-round pick, scored a disappointing four goals and 12 assists in 53 games with the Iowa Wild last season. To say Bulmer has a lot..." August 16

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

  • Ruslan Fedotenko's NHL comeback leads him to Iowa

    Des Moines Register "Every once in a while, somebody recognizes Ruslan Fedotenko. They might remember when he scored both goals in Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup clincher. Or, they may ask about his role with Pittsburgh's 2009 championship team. Usually, though, the Ukrainian winger goes unnoticed. "It..." August 10

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    Igor Eronko @IgorEronko

    #Wild' Jonathon Blum agreed to terms with the #Admiral of the #KHL

  • Vanek skating following hernia surgery, expected to be ready for Wild camp

    The Score "A fresh start might be exactly what Thomas Vanek needs. The Minnesota Wild forward is back to skating following hernia surgery and expects to be ready for training camp, he told Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on Wednesday. The 31-year-old scored 21 goals and added 31 assists during his..." August 05

  • NHL unveils ‘historic’ digital media rights deal with MLBAM

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a way, baseball will power the way hockey fans consume a ton of digital NHL-related media going forward. More specifically, MLBAM will be doing the heavy lifting, as the NHL announced a “historic” six-year deal with the service, which also apparently powers streaming services for companies..." August 04

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    BLOG: #mnwild, Erik Haula settle, agree to 2-year, $2 million deal; Updated Wild depth chart http://t.co/829aArZynd

  • Wild, Erik Haula settle, agree to 2-year, $2 million deal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Erik Haula is unsigned no more. The Wild and Haula's agent beat a Sunday arbitration decision by agreeing on a two-year, $2 million deal. Haula would have been awarded a one-year deal between $775,000 and $1.2 million later today. Haula will receive $950,000 in Year 1 and $1.05 million in..." August 02

  • New big NHL contracts appear to have protection from potential upcoming lockout

    TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25